Governor's Fitness Awards


It is that time of year again, when we ask Michiganders to help us recognize communities, organizations, and individuals that inspire healthy choices for the Governor's Fitness Awards (GFA). Presented by the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and the Michigan Fitness Foundation, GFA finalists will be recognized on April 25, 2019 at the Michigan State Capitol in the morning, followed by an evening gala event at the MGM Grand Detroit. 


Accepting the Challenge Award

The Charles T. Kuntzleman Accepting the Challenge award recognizes individuals who have overcome extraordinary challenges to pursue a healthy and balanced life, in turn serving as a role model for others. Help us honor those who have succeeded despite setbacks.

Active Community Award

Imagine a community where people can walk or bike to work, school or run errands, where families play together in parks and greenspaces, and neighbors wave to neighbors with a sense of connectedness, and community pride. The Active Community Award is given to a community that creates this kind of vibrant, healthy environment.

Active Senior Award

This award recognizes and honors our most seasoned citizens, those who keep moving and stay active even when it would be easier to take a shortcut. Help us honor active citizens around the state by nominating someone who inspires you day in and day out through their determination to put one foot in front of the other every single day.

Conquering Obesity Award

This award recognizes individuals who have made a meaningful commitment to overcome health issues through nutrition and physical activity. Help us honor those that have inspired others to make intentional changes to improve their health.

Director's Champion for Health Award

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director's Champion for Health acts to ignite and support positive community change, specifically encouraging physical activity and healthy eating across the lifespan. This Champion works to develop programs, processes, messaging, and infrastructure in their community and shows how they have impacted the lives and health outcomes in Michigan's most vulnerable populations.

Extraordinary Event or Organization Award

Through fitness events and organizations, there are opportunities for Michiganders of all ages and skill levels to try different forms of activities, develop physical fitness skills, and gain a better understanding of health in a safe and welcoming environment. This honoree should offer innovative, safe and fun physical activity events or programs with no barriers for participation, creating a positive environment  for all to pursue a physically active life.

Healthy Workplace Award

Every year, Michigan worksites large and small take that extra step, spend the extra dollar, develop that innovative concept which helps create a healthier workplace - and helps make their employees healthy, fit, and more productive. To honor that commitment, this award is given to organizations with outstanding programs that help to create best practices for organizations throughout Michigan to replicate.



View last year's award winners